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James Skel­ton

Senior Associate
Com­mer­cial, Cor­po­rate, IP & Technology, Fran­chis­ing, Cyber Law

As a mem­ber of Swaab’s cor­po­rate, com­mer­cial and intel­lec­tu­al prop­er­ty prac­tice I am pas­sion­ate about help­ing my clients achieve their goals. My focus is on busi­ness advice, cor­po­rate and com­mer­cial trans­ac­tions, com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion of intel­lec­tu­al prop­er­ty rights and brand pro­tec­tion strategies.

Hav­ing com­plet­ed legal sec­ond­ments to Ram­say Health Care and the Lib­er­al Par­ty of Aus­tralia (NSW), I pro­vide guid­ance and advice that is well-con­sid­ered and com­mer­cial. I am also a Coun­cil­lor (direc­tor) of the Law Soci­ety of NSW, the state’s peak pro­fes­sion­al body rep­re­sent­ing over 35,000 mem­bers, hav­ing pre­vi­ous­ly held anoth­er non-exec­u­tive direc­tor­ship with the Auro­ra Group – A Ruby Foun­da­tion Lim­it­ed, a NSW based char­i­ty, for five years. 

I have indus­try focus­es in the phar­ma­cy, health care, lux­u­ry goods, FMCG and tech­nol­o­gy spaces, and act for a num­ber of multi­na­tion­al com­pa­nies look­ing to expand into Aus­tralia, as well as a num­ber of local SME and ASX list­ed com­pa­nies look­ing to grow both here and over­seas. My spe­cial inter­est is the use of tech­nol­o­gy in health care and the devel­op­ment of dig­i­tal health prod­ucts and businesses.

I was pre­vi­ous­ly named​‘Aus­tralian Young Lawyer of the Year’ by the Law Coun­cil of Aus­tralia for not only my tech­ni­cal legal abil­i­ty but also my con­tri­bu­tions to the legal pro­fes­sion in the areas of well­be­ing, diver­si­ty and inclu­sion. I have also won a 30 Under 30” Award for com­mer­cial law, hav­ing also been a final­ist for a num­ber of oth­er awards across Aus­trala­sia since 2015, includ­ing​‘Young Pri­vate Prac­tice Lawyer of the Year’ and Young Gun of the Year’. 


  • Draft­ing, pros­e­cut­ing and advis­ing on trade mark and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion mark appli­ca­tions in Aus­tralia and inter­na­tion­al­ly, and advis­ing on brand pro­tec­tion strate­gies for domes­tic and multi­na­tion­al clients includ­ing man­ag­ing trade mark portfolios.
  • Nego­ti­at­ing, advis­ing on and con­duct­ing IP infringe­ment actions.
  • Draft­ing IP licence and assign­ment documents.
  • Draft­ing and advis­ing on soft­ware licences, SAAS agree­ments and oth­er tech­nol­o­gy arrangements.
  • Draft­ing and advis­ing on spon­sor­ship agree­ments, con­fi­den­tial­i­ty agree­ments, ser­vice agree­ments and oth­er com­mer­cial agreements.
  • Draft­ing and nego­ti­at­ing group pro­cure­ment agree­ments and terms of trade.
  • Con­duct­ing all aspects of share sale and busi­ness sale transactions.
  • Pro­vid­ing cor­po­rate sec­re­tar­i­al assis­tance and advice.
  • Draft­ing and advis­ing on share­hold­er agree­ments and oth­er cor­po­rate struc­ture documents.
  • Draft­ing pri­va­cy poli­cies and advis­ing on pri­va­cy and data pro­tec­tion matters


  • IP & Technology law
  • Corporate & Commercial law

Roles memberships and education

  • Juris Doctor, Law, University of New South Wales, 2012
  • International Studies (Global), University of NSW, 2009
  • Internationale Beziehungen, Politik und Gesellschaft, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Germany, 2009
  • Councillor (Director) – The Law Society of NSW
  • Executive Councillor – NSW Young Lawyers
  • Member – Intellectual Property Society of Australia & New Zealand (IPSANZ)
  • Member – Young Lawyer Advisory Board, Meritas Law Firms Worldwide
  • Member – Young Practitioners Committee, International Trademark Association (INTA)


A Glob­al Meet­ing of the Brands

In Brief Last month, I rep­re­sent­ed Swaab Attor­neys at the 138th Annu­al Meet­ing of the Inter­na­tion­al Trade­mark Asso­ci­a­tion (INTA) in Orlan­do…
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